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Flood of benefits: How this year's monsoon is a stressbuster

India can relish the prospect of abundant water for the next cropping season and adequate supplies for drinking and power generation as well.

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Updated: Oct 09, 2019, 10.58 AM IST
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India can relish the prospect of abundant water for the next cropping season.
India is a water-stressed country and the crisis is worsening. But this year's monsoon, the wettest in a quarter of a century, has been a stressbuster. While longer-term worries remain, for the moment, India can relish the prospect of abundant water for the next cropping season and adequate supplies for drinking and power generation as well.

Filled-up reservoirs have many benefits:

  • Increased availability of drinking water
  • Higher hydropower generation
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  • Better irrigation of farms
  • Better soil moisture
  • More water available for industry

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But this year’s windfall should not dilute worries of a water crisis:
  • India has 17% of the world’s population but only 4% of the world’s fresh water
  • Groundwater is depleting rapidly
  • Water-intensive crops such as rice and sugarcane are planted in water-scarce regions

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820 million Indians face high to extreme water stress, Niti Aayog has said
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